Carnegie Mellon University

IV. Reporting

The university strives to create an environment where all members of the Carnegie Mellon community are aware of options for informing the university about instances of suspected Prohibited Conduct, how to seek assistance and support, and how to pursue university action for their own protection and that of the entire campus community. This Policy distinguishes the action of reporting from filing a Formal Complaint. Thus, information shared about suspected Prohibited Conduct does not automatically trigger formal action or an investigation, as discussed below in Section VI.B. This section outlines the mechanisms for reporting and how the university will respond to information it receives.

Some forms of Prohibited Conduct may also constitute crimes. The university also strongly encourages any individual who experiences, witnesses, or learns of possible criminal conduct to report them to the University Police Department or local law enforcement. Prompt reporting allows law enforcement to collect and preserve evidence.

  • To report in person:
    • Office of Title IX Initiatives/Title IX Coordinator
      4615 Forbes Avenue,
      Suite 330
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • To report by phone or email:
  • To report online, including anonymously:
  • To report possible criminal conduct:

The university maintains a Resource Guide for individuals who file reports of Prohibited Conduct that provides information for community members about filing reports of Prohibited Conduct through the university’s policies, support resources, community resources, and how to support a friend or family member who has been impacted by such conduct. Individuals who report Prohibited Conduct in Pennsylvania will also be informed of their rights as a victim of a crime under Pennsylvania law.

A. How to Make a Report

Any individual, including Complainants, Students, Faculty, Staff, or third parties are encouraged to submit reports of suspected Prohibited Conduct directly to the Office of Title IX Initiatives in-person, via email, phone call, or online. Reports can also be made to the university officials listed in Section VIII who are designated with the authority to institute corrective measures.

The university encourages all members of the Carnegie Mellon community to report to the Title IX Coordinator any information they learn about Prohibited Conduct. Sharing information of concern enables the university to offer support to impacted parties and protects the community from continuance of the alleged misconduct. Third parties should note that a report about possible Prohibited Conduct, including Federal Rule Sexual Misconduct, does not alone trigger a formal resolution process. Instead, as further explained in Section VI.A, a Formal Complaint must be filed in order for the formal investigation and resolution process to commence.

Certain employees identified as Responsible Employees must report information to the Title IX Coordinator so that the university can offer support and resolution options to the Complainant. These individuals are listed in Section VIII along with additional information regarding their obligations.

Upon receipt of a report, the university will promptly contact the Complainant to discuss appropriate Supportive Measures (see Section V.A) and to explain the process for filing a Formal Complaint (see Section VI.A). Complainants are not obligated to respond to outreach from the university and the university will respect this decision, with limited exceptions where it is obligated by law or to act in the safety interest of the community.

B. Anonymous Reporting

An individual who is not a Responsible Employee may make a report of Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator, and if preferred, may do so without disclosing one’s name using the online reporting form listed above and here:

Depending on the level of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, the university’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited. The university will, however, take whatever steps it deems appropriate and in the best interests of the overall University Community, consistent with the information available. The university will never refuse to respond a report solely on the grounds that it was made anonymously.

Information collected through the anonymous reporting line will be shared only with necessary university officials in order to respond to the reported concern. Information is kept confidential and no personally identifiable information is shared, except as necessary to follow this Policy, without the party’s consent.

C. Reports to Law Enforcement

An individual who experiences, witnesses, or learns of possible criminal conduct may contact law enforcement directly by calling:

  • 911 (for emergencies off-campus)
  • University Police Department
    300 South Craig Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    (412) 268-2323 (for emergencies on-campus)
    campuspd@andrew.cmu.edu